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a look now at a plan to change a law that's been in effect since the 1890s. >> reporter: the cairo residential building was built in the 1890s. but its height stunned congress and local officials who imposed a height restriction in the city and passed a law in 1910 that still limits city buildings to about ten stories today. now california congressman darrell issa who oversees d.c. affairs is asking the district and federal national capital planning commission to help decidetaller buildings could be constructed in the city. at a surprise birthday party wednesday for mayor gray, the head of the council's revenue committee, welcomed the new year's long study but with caution. >> what i want to avoid is a crystal city, where you have the monolithic buildings. >> reporter: he suggested new york avenue could be away from neighborhoods. some citizens in the district worry the iconic skyline would be changed by the higher builds. they stress that residential neighborhoods and the city's extensive monumental core would be protected from larger buildings that could change the character of t
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